Scottish Bakers announced today it has appointed Mr Alan Clarke as its new chief executive.
Mr Clarke joins Scottish Bakers from Lifelong Learning UK, the independent employer-led sector skills council responsible for the professional development of staff working in the UK.
Originally from Templepatrick in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Mr Clarke spent five years as national director for Northern Ireland of Lifelong Learning UK. For the last two years he was seconded to head up sector engagement for LLUK in the further education, adult education and work based learning sectors in England. Prior to this he was chief executive of The Wholesale & Retail Training Council of Northern Ireland for ten years.
Approximately 12,500 people are employed in the craft bakery industry in Scotland. Reviewing training provision within the sector will be of the key tasks for the new chief executive, who will be based at the association’s head office in Edinburgh.
Welcoming Mr Clarke to the role Scottish Bakers president, Mr Alan Stuart, said, “Since 2003, the organisation has delivered training to more than 8,500 people. In that time we have seen considerable expansion and investment in the sector resulting in increased opportunities for people interested in a career in the baking industry. We need to ensure that training continues to play key role in the growth of our sector and we are delighted to that Mr Clarke, who has considerable skills and experience in this area, is joining us and will be championing this important way forward for our sector.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
- Craft bakers prepare all their bakery produce from scratch using raw ingredients and traditional baking methods, rather than the ‘bake off from frozen’ approach used in supermarkets.
- It is estimated there are 350 craft bakeries in Scotland employing 12,500 people
- There are approximately 4,000 small craft bakeries in the UK, each typically employing between five and 25 people. There are 350 medium-sized bakeries and 150 large plant bakeries.